Tuesday Free Motion Quilting Tutorial-Two Triangles

Two Triangles, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

 

Welcome Quilters!  Today is Tuesday and while I’m a little later than usual–I have a workhorse of a tutorial for you!

Today I offer two basic triangles, The Basic Triangle and The Arrowhead Triangle.  These two motifs will look great on any quilt that has pieced triangles (don’t they all?!) and I can picture these triangles on any Southwest inspired quilt–like arrowheads.  Also, triangle quilting complements nautical quilts–the triangles look like sailboats, and of course, this pattern would look great on any quilt that has flying geese…I guess what I’m saying…use triangles on all your quilts!

In a few weeks, we will be modifying these simple triangles to create Christmas trees and Cupid’s arrows–so let’s get started!

This is a beginner free motion quilting pattern.  Doodle the pattern for a few minutes, then start stitching!

Begin by drawing three evenly spaced “rails”.  In the sample below, the rails are 1/2 inch apart.

Two Triangles, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Begin stitching on the middle rail.  Stitch straight up. Stop.  Stitch down and to the left rail.  Stop.

Two Triangles, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Stitch straight across to the right rail.  Stop.

Two Triangles, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Stitch up and to back to the middle rail.  Next, stitch up several stitches and begin again.

Repeating to create a long chain.

Two Triangles, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

The Arrowhead Triangle begins the same as the basic triangle.  Begin stitching on the center rail.  Stitch down and to the left rail.  Stop.

Two Triangles, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Instead of stitching straight across, stitch up and to the center rail.

Two Triangles, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Next, stitch down and to the right rail.

Two Triangles, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Finally, stitch to the point on the middle rail.

Continue on to create a chain of arrowhead triangles.

Two Triangles, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

For further design exploration...try varying the size of the triangles and combining the two triangles within a chain.

Two Triangles, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

I’m working with some heavier specialty threads and simple designs like this work best.  I’ll have more samples to show later this week.

Also, Open Line Friday will focus on needles and needle selection!

Happy Stitching,

Lori

PS…Please re-blog and pin with attribution to Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt.  All photos and tutorials are copyrighted by Lori Kennedy.  Commercial use with permission only.

How Often Do You Change Your Needles?

Fish Free Motion QuiltingDid you know that the most important thing you can do to ensure good quality stitches when you are free motion quilting is to have a perfect needle?   Because there is no way to visually tell when a needle is damaged or worn out,  it is recommended that you discard your needle after 4-6 hours of sewing.  (For free motion quilting–I would err on the side of 4 hours.)  A damaged needle will result in poor quality stitching and-worse yet-can damage your sewing machine.   If you can’t remember the last time you replaced your needle–it’s time!

Hope you have time to stitch today!  (with a brand new needle)

Lori

Please join us this Friday for a group discussion about needle selection.